Jane Bamford

Jane began studying ceramics in Japan at To En Kai studio in 1993. She subsequently completed a BFA, majoring in Ceramics at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart and was awarded the Deans’ roll of excellence in 1995. Jane was selected as an Associate at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide in 1997 and has since exhibited throughout Australia and internationally.

Jane creates work over a range of ceramic processes including slab formed, hand built, slip cast and weaving. Her work is primarily informed from research and observation of the coastal, marine, and alpine landscapes of Tasmania. Her observation, connection to place and environmental awareness has led her to produce work on issues like climate change’s impact on Tasmanian marine environments and the reestablishment of Spotted Handfish spawning habitat.

In 2018 Jane began a commission with the CSIRO to design and make ceramic artificial spawning habitat (ASH) for the spotted handfish(Brachionichthys hirsutus). These installations of ASH were SCUBA deployed by CSIRO divers into ‘ASH fields’ to support this critically endangered marine species. Creating ceramic ASH is a significant project which intersects her ceramic art practice with current scientific research and practice. In September 2018 there is news of the spotted handfish’s first wild spawning of the spotted handfish around ceramic ASH.

Jane has pursued her art/science collaborative projects including collaborating with little penguin ecologists in both Tasmania and South Australia and has developed links to philanthropy in species support. She has become known for pioneering an arts practice around creating functional forms in species support which embody creative problem solving, functionality and compassion for the non-human world.